Clothing from C&A, Nike, Patagonia and State of Art would be co-produced by Uyghurs under duress.

The German human rights organization European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) is reporting the clothing brands in the Netherlands.


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On Tuesday, the ECCHR reported complicity in slavery and exploitation to the Functional Public Prosecutor's Office in Amsterdam because the clothing brands know or could know that their clothing is made by Uyghurs who are forced to do so.

According to Barbara van Straaten, it is the first Dutch report for human rights violations against the clothing industry, says the lawyer who filed the report on behalf of the ECCHR against



Abuses in the clothing industry are also taking place in other countries, but according to the ECCHR, this is happening in such a gross way in Xinjiang, China that there are crimes against humanity.

The declaration was made in the Netherlands because the companies are located here or have a regional head office.

According to the ECCHR, the clothing companies are cooperating in "the systematic and widespread attack against civilian populations" in China's Xinjiang Autonomous Region.

Hundreds of thousands of Uyghurs in the northern Chinese region of Xinjiang are victims of systematic torture and mass detention in concentration camps.

In addition, millions of Muslims in China are subject to systematic mass surveillance, Amnesty International said in June 2021.


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In a response to


, C&A says it does not buy clothing, fabrics or yarn from manufacturers in Xinjiang.

But according to the ECCHR, the Indonesian clothing factory Wintai Garment, which produces C&A socks, buys large quantities of cotton yarn from a company with a subsidiary in Xinjiang.

The ECCHR hopes that the report will encourage the Public Prosecution Service to investigate.